Sexuality and disability refers to the sexual behaviour and practices of people with a disability (PWD).
About 60 million people or one in five Americans (20%) is living with at least one disability and most Americans will experience a disability at some time during the course of their lives. One in five LGBT people also have a disability.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has had a positive effect on the lives of people with disabilities in America, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and those living with HIV/AIDS.
One author of the ADA was professor Chai Feldblum, a leading scholar of disability and gay rights with a deep understanding of the struggles and goals of both communities. Feldblum went on to become a member of the 5 person U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Physical disabilities such as a spinal cord injury may change the sexual functioning of a person. However, the disabled person may enjoy sex with the help of sex toys and physical aids (such as bed modifications), by finding suitable sex positions, or through the services provided by a qualified sex worker.
Disability stereotypes add to the difficulty and stigma experienced by people with disabilities.
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LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.